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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded up to $120 million over five years to a multi-partner team led by Argonne National Laboratory to establish a new Batteries and Energy Storage Hub. The hub, to be known as the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), will combine the R&D work of five DOE national laboratories, five universities and four private firms in an effort to advance battery and energy storage technologies for electric and hybrid cars and the electricity grid.

"Based on the tremendous advances that have been made in the past few years, there are very good reasons to believe that advanced battery technologies can and will play an increasingly valuable role in strengthening America's energy and economic security by reducing our oil dependence, upgrading our aging power grid, and allowing us to take greater advantage of intermittent energy sources like wind and solar," says Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Other national labs partnering with Argonne include Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. University partners include Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and University of Michigan. Industrial partners, which will work to bring new technology developed through the hub to market, include Dow Chemical Co., Applied Materials Inc., Johnson Controls Inc. and Clean Energy Trust.

In addition to the DOE funding, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is providing $5 million through his Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction plan to help build the JCESR facility, which will be located on the Argonne National Laboratory campus in suburban Chicago. Quinn has also committed to working with the General Assembly to provide an additional $30 million in future capital funding for the building.

“As I said during my State of the State address, this innovative center will attract the best minds from across our state and country to turn cutting-edge scientific research into new companies that will create more American jobs and revolutionize our energy economy,” notes Quinn.




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